Blades and Pats Warm Up for Possible Playoff Battle

by Tyler Neisz
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The Saskatoon Blades headed on the road for a battle with their
southern rivals on Wednesday. The matchup was a key one for the Blades as
they began the day in a tie with the Prince Albert Raiders for the fourth
and final playoff spot in the WHL’s East Division. The Blades were coming
off a successfull weekend at home in which they defeated the Pats 2-1 and
the Hitmen 4-2.

However, the Blades would have their work cut out for them
tonight as they entered the contest on a 6 game road losing streak and
hadn’t one a game since defeated the Raiders on January 24th. The Pats
entered tonights game on a 5 game home ice winning streak. The Pats also
had extra motivation because a Pats win would mean 400 career wins for Pats
head coach Bob Loews. So everything seemed to stack up against the Blades
tonight but you can throw all that out the window.

The first period was a very sloppy period as both teams seemed to miss
several passes thus causing many icings and offside calls. The period
remained scoreless until the 14:33 mark when Pat captain Garth Murray
crashed the net and had a Blade clearing shot bank of his leg and into the
net for a 1-0 Pats lead. Shots in the first were 11-10 Regina. The Blades
controlled the second stanza outscoring the Pats 3-1. However, Matt
Hubbauer was able to score a weak goal as he gained the zone with speed and
fool Blades goaltender Mike Garnett with a shot that glanced off Garnett’s
glove. Cue the comeback. Tim Preston scored to get the Blades on board
just under 2 minutes Read more»

2004 prospect story: Jan Danecek

by Robert Neuhauser
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The northeast of the Czech Republic is one of the most important hockey regions in the country.
In cities like Havirov, Trinec and Ostrava (Vitkovice is a part of Ostrava) hockey blossoms
and future gems begin often their career there. When looking at the Czech roster from the
previous Four Nations tournament of the Under-16 teams, eight players learn the tools of the
hockey trade either in Trinec, Havirov or Vitkovice. One of them is Jan Danecek, the small
rocket from Trinec.

Jan was born on February, 15th, 1986, in Havirov. At that time only Vitkovice represented
the northeastern region in the Czechoslovakian First League and Havirov wasn’t a hockey mad
city like it is now, when an Extraleague franchise is based there. But Jan Danecek had good
signs of beginning a hockey career. His father, also Jan, is a respected youth coach and he
wanted to give his best into the career of his son. Read more»

Concussions make Kootenay’s Sinclair think twice

by Jeff Bromley
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The reality of today’s hockey can be defined by a great many things.

Exuberant NHL salaries that the common fan has trouble relating to.

The transformation of the game from a pastime to a business.

Better, lighter equipment. Bigger, more talented players, the list could go on and on.

Perhaps one of the most defining aspects of today’s game, concussions and the enormous increase in their occurrence, would have to rate at or near the top any list. In doing so, concussions have not only changed the game but also the lives of former players who’ve had to retire due to them. Brett Lindros, Pat LaFontaine, Nick Kypreos to name only a few.

Kootenay ICE forward Colin Sinclair has experienced that change and it’s an encounter that the hard-working forward doesn’t want to make a habit of being a part of. Over Christmas the gritty forward spent most of the holidays in bed trying to recover from one. One that he didn’t even know that he had, at least not when it first happened.

The hit, a check from Seattle forward Danny LaPointe, occurred November 16, a full month before Sinclair was even out of the lineup. The derailment of his Christmas vacation with his family notwithstanding, another setback was that fact that the ICE would be missing a good portion of their first line players due to various world tournaments for up to ten games. It was a chance for Sinclair to shine in a scoring and leadership role that never materialized.

Not to be deterred, Sinclair made his way back from the post-concussion syndrom and was declared symptom-free on January 19. Read more»

Contracts for Shasby, Dyment and Komisarek?

by Chris Boucher
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As the season began there were high expectations placed upon some of the Montréal Canadiens prospects, and lower expectations placed upon others. Of course this type of situation creates the possibility for some players to disappoint, while leaving others with the opportunity to do nothing less than exceed expectations.

To date, some Hab prospects have enjoyed breakout seasons; particularly among the Habs’ defensive prospects playing NCAA hockey.

The University of Alaska Anchorage’s Matt Shasby has had an impressive junior season. He’s increased his offensive output from 0.55 points per game last season to a strong 0.84 PPG this season. He’s become the WCHA’s second leading scoring defenseman in intra-conference games, while maintaining the ability to shutdown opposing teams top guns. He’s a very strong skater, and is considered by some WCHA observers as a one-man breakout machine.

Chosen in the fifth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Shasby’s strong play may force the Habs into offering the 21-year-old a contract at season’s end. He’s improved his stock dramatically, although his point total might be even higher if he was playing on a stronger offensive team.

He’s third on the team in scoring, and has nearly twice as many points as any other UAA defenseman. The Alaska-native is only two points out of the team’s top scoring spot, as no forward on the Seawolves is scoring at a point-per-game pace.

The fact that both Chris Dyment and Mike Komisarek are enjoying strong seasons might leave Shasby on the outside looking Read more»

Canucks Statistical Update

by Kirk Pedersen
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1. Allen, Bryan (D), Manitoba Moose (AHL). Drafted: ’98 (1/4)

Manitoba (AHL) 49 GP, 5 G, 13 A, 18 P, 85 PIM.
Vancouver (NHL) 11 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 6 PIM.

2. Umberger, R.J. (C), Ohio State University (CCHA). Drafted: ’01 (1/16)

Ohio State (CCHA) 30 GP, 18 G, 18 A, 36 P, 21 PIM

3. Auld, Alex (G), Manitoba Moose (AHL). Acquired through a trade with Florida (2001).

Manitoba (AHL) 17 GP, 10 W, 6 L, 0 T, 3.48 GAA, .883 SV %
Vancouver (NHL) 1 GP, 1 W, 0 L, 0 T, 2.00 GAA, .909 SV %

4. Smith, Nathan (C), Swift Current Broncos (WHL). Drafted: ’00 (1/23)

Swift Current (WHL) 38 GP, 18 G, 27 A, 45 P, 44 PIM.

5. Vydareny, Rene (D), Manitoba Moose (AHL). Drafted: ’99 (3/69)

Manitoba (AHL) 42 GP, 2 G, 7 A, 9 P, 9 PIM.
Columbia (ECHL) 10 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, 9 PIM.

6. Bell, Thatcher (C), Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL). Drafted: ’00: (3/71)
Rimouski (QMJHL) 23 GP, 8 G, 20 A, 28 P, 27 PIM.

7. Reid, Brandon (C), Manitoba Moose (AHL). Drafted: ’00 (7/208)
Manitoba (AHL) 41 GP, 11 G, 12 A, 23 P, 2 PIM.

8. Gladskikh, Evgeny (LW), Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RUS). Drafted: ’01 (4/114)
Mettalurg (RUS) 28 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 P, 6 PIM.

9. Brown, Mike (LW), Vancouver Canucks (NHL). Acquired through a trade with Florida (1999).
Manitoba (AHL) 29 GP, 7 G, 7 A, 14 P, 145 PIM. Read more»

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